The best trail mowers

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When farmers have to mow large, open fields they can hook up a trail mower to the back of their tractor. Trail mowers have wider cutting widths than tractors, which "cuts" the amount of time someone must spend mowing the lawn. Most trail mowers attach to tractors via three-point trailer or articulating hitches. Trail mower blades are thicker than tractor blades, as some can cut 3-inch tree stems.

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Swisher 44-Inch Tow-Behind Trailcutter

The 44-inch Tow-Behind Trailcutter by Swisher features dual swinging blades that can cut tree stems up to 2 inches in diameter. The deck of this Swisher trail mower is made from 1/8-inch steel. The Swisher hooks up to the tractor by an articulating hitch. The two available models are 12.5 and 14.5 horsepower. Safety features include a remote engagement blade brake, which stops the blade if the trail mower comes across grass or shrubbery that's too thick to cut. A height adjustment switch can raise and lower the blade from 2 to 7½ inches off the ground.

Farm Star Finishing Mower Rear Discharge

This Farm Star trail mower has a three-point hitch for attaching itself to the back of a tractor. A three-point hitch means the trail mower attaches to a tractor at three different locations. This trail mower has a cutting width of 6 feet and uses three blades. The height adjustment is connected to its four caster wheels. The mower cuts at heights of ¾ inch to 4¼ inches. The trail mower discharges grass from the rear of the machine, while the throat is 44 inches. The rear throat allows the trail mower to have flat edges on its sides; thus, it can mow grass on the edges of buildings and structures. The mower has a 20 to 40 horsepower engine.

Stanley Tow-Behind Finish and Brush Mower

Created by Stanley, the main deck of the Tow-Behind Finish and Brush Mower has a cutting width of 52 inches. However, when its two side wings lower, this trail mower has a cutting width of 100 inches. The raising of the mower's wings allows for easier storage on trailers and in garages. The Honda GXV 530 V-Twin engine has two cylinders in a V formation. The starter is electric. Four blades can cut tree stems up to 3 inches thick. The fuel tank holds nearly five gallons of gas. The only state in which this trail mower is not sold is California. The trail mower's trailer hitch attaches to tractors and ATVs.

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